Introduction to World Religions (Revision 5)
RELS 204 is a junior-level course designed to acquaint students with the major religious traditions of the world, and to the academic discipline of religious studies.
The religions studied are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. They are examined through a study of their history, doctrinal concerns and development, literature, and ritual practices.
- Unit 1: Introduction
- Unit 2: Judaism
- Unit 3: Christianity
- Unit 4: Islam
- Unit 5: Hinduism
- Unit 6: Buddhism
- Unit 7: Chinese Religions—Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism
To receive credit for RELS 204, you must achieve a course composite grade of 50% or higher. You must complete and submit all written assignments and write both exams for the course by your stipulated contract end date. You must achieve a grade of “D” (50 percent) or higher on both the midterm and the final examinations.
|4 Exercises (5%-10% each)||30%|
|2 Research Papers (15% each)||30%|
|2 Exams (20% each)||40%|
The mid-term and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Ludwig, Theodore M. 2006. The Sacred Paths, 4th. ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Smart, Ninian, and Richard D. Hecht, eds. 1982. Sacred Texts of the World: A Universal Anthology. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company.
All of the other course materials are online, including a detailed Study Guide.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 5, March 29, 2016.
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Updated January 18 2018 by Student & Academic Services